White Buffs 2-0 in league
The Madras football program moved to 4-2 overall, and 2-0 in league after beating Blanchet Catholic 24-7, Oct. 5.
The Buffs have their biggest game of the season Thursday, Oct. 11, against Scio (4-2 overall, 2-0 in league). The game will likely decide who is the conference champion.
The White Buffalos scored on the first drive of the game. Robert Pacheco ran 42 yards on a quarterback keeper and Treyvon Easterling later punched the ball in to the end zone from four yards out.
In the second quarter, the White Buffalos scored again on a 1-yard run, and took a 14-0 lead after the made extra-point.
During the second-half kickoff, Madras kicked an onside kick, which bounced off a Blanchet Catholic player and was recovered by the Buffs.
"We had Kaegan kick it right at the middle returner and that is exactly what he did and we recovered," head coach Kurt Taylor said. "We executed things very well."
Kaegan Prevett kicked a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Buffs up 17-0. Victor Torres ran a punt return for another Buffalo score and Madras took a 24-0 lead.
"We have not returned a punt that perfect, since I have been here," Taylor said. "It was perfect. Peel back blocks and Victor (Torres) caught it and scored."
Late in the game, Blanchet Catholic scored on a 1-yard run. The Buffs, however, dominated the contest through ball controll.
Madras ended the game with 269 total yards of offense — 97 yards in the air and 172 on the ground. The Buffs ran for two touchdowns in the windy and rainy game.
On defense, the White Buffalos held Blanchet Catholic to 4-for-11 on third down and 1-for-3 on fourth down. They also recovered two fumbles on the day.
"Offensively, we had great play calling; everything was dialed perfectly," Taylor said. "We were a little gun shy — meaning we didn't want to throw the ball when we should have. The defense played amazing. Their first play was a 62-yard run and they ended the game with 87 rushing yards all night."
The two teams combined for only five penalties all game and Madras only had one turnover.
"We have always taught, but it was always how we (coaches) wanted to teach," said Taylor. "We needed to figure out how they best learn. We watch film, practice, watch film, practice and it works."
"They are playing the game how it should be played," he said. "It is starting to come along."
Madras has their biggest test of the season Thursday night, when they play Scio at home. Madras and Scio are both undefeated in league.
"The game is big," Taylor said about the Scio game. "The league title will go through this game. They are a very tough, gritty, physical team and have been running the same offense since they were little kids."
"They are very efficient," he said. "They are in a double wing and in 110 plays they have run the ball 108 times and one of those was an interception. They do their thing and want a fight in a phonebooth."
"We have to make sure we make stops on defense and be efficient on offense," he said. "I told the boys we need to play the best game we can — play to our fullest potential. I am really excited because we are getting better at the right time."
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.